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Old & New Testament Greek Lexical Dictionary

Strong's #2777 - κεφαλίς

from (G2776)
Parts of Speech
Noun Feminine
  1. a little head
  2. the highest part, extremity of anything
    1. as the capital of a column
    2. the tips or knobs of the wooden rod around which parchments were rolled were called by this word, because they resembled little heads
  3. the Alexandrian writers transferred the name to the roll or volume itself
    1. in the roll of the book
Hebrew Equivalent Words:
Strong #: 134 ‑ אֶדֶן (eh'‑den);  2053 ‑ וָו (vaw);  3805 ‑ כֹּתֶרֶת (ko‑theh'‑reth);  4039 ‑ מְגִלָּה (meg‑il‑law');  7175 ‑ קֶרֶשׁ (keh'‑resh);  7218 ‑ רֹאשׁ (roshe);  
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Liddell-Scott-Jones Definitions

κεφᾰλ-ίς, ίδος, ἡ,

I Dim. of κεφαλή, little head, σκορόδου Luc. DMeretr. 14.3; head of a nail, Ath. 11.488c; extremity, τῶν σκυταλίδων Antyll. ap. Orib. 44.23.74.

II capital of a column, Ph. 2.147, Chor. p.118 B. (pl.), PLond. 3.755v6 (iv A.D.), Gp. 14.6.6 (pl.): pl., = κρόσσαι, Eust. 903.6.

III toe-cap of a shoe, Arist. Rh. 1392a31, cf. loc.; of the foot of a table, Aristeas 68. rope attached to the bow of a ship, Polyaen. 3.9.38 (pl.). κ. βιβλίου roll, LXX Ezekiel 2:9, Psalms 39:8(38).8, al.

Abbott-Smith Manual Greek Lexicon of the New Testament

κεφαλίς , -ίδος ,

(dimin. of κεφαλή ),

[in LXX for H4039, H2053, etc.;]

1. a little head.

2. an extremity, capital (of a column).

3. (As in Exodus 2:9, Psalms 40:8, Ezra 6:2) a roll: κ . βιβλίου , Hebrews 10:7 (LXX).†

Abbott-Smith Manual Greek Lexicon of the New Testament.
Copyright © 1922 by G. Abbott-Smith, D.D., D.C.L.. T & T Clarke, London.
Vocabulary of the Greek NT

From meaning the ";little head"; or ";capital"; of a column (cf. P Lond 755 cited s.v. βάσις) it is said that κεφαλίς came to be used of the ";knob"; (cornu) at the end of the stick round which a papyrus roll was wound, but no instance of this sense has been found. For the usage in Hebrews 10:7 (from Psalms 39:8 [MT Psalms 40:8]), in addition to the LXX passages (Ezekiel 2:9; Ezekiel 3:1 ff., 2 Esdras 6:2), we may appeal to Ephrem 2 (Migne 65. 168) : ἔχοντα ἐπὶ χεῖρας κεφαλίδα, τούτεστι τόμον γεγραμμένον ἔσωθεν καὶ ἔξωθεν, where Birt (Rhein. Mus. N.F. lxii. ( 1907), p. 488) understands κεφαλίς as = ";roll"; : cf. Gardthausen Grieck, Palaeographie.2 i. p. 141.


The Vocabulary of the Greek New Testament.
Copyright © 1914, 1929, 1930 by James Hope Moulton and George Milligan. Hodder and Stoughton, London.
Derivative Copyright © 2015 by Allan Loder.
List of Word Forms
κεκηλίδωσαι κεφαλίδα κεφαλίδας κεφαλιδες κεφαλίδες κεφαλιδι κεφαλίδι κεφαλίδος κεφαλίδων κεφαλίς κεφούροι κεφφουρέ κεφφώρ κημώ kephalidi kephalídi
Old / New Testament Greek Lexical Dictionary developed by Jeff Garrison for Copyright 1999-2022. All Rights Reserved, Jeff Garrison, Gdansk, Poland.
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